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KCCC Newsletter 2015 Issue 2
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Contents
  1. A word from the KCCC CEO
  2. Important Update: Qualification Requirements Postponement
  3. Re-entry to Childcare Programmes 2015/16
  4. TEC Programmes Update
  5. ECCE Eligibility 
  6. Education Focused Inspection in ECCE Settings
  7. What Childcare Services need to do in relation to Child Protection
  8. Using your Services Policies and Procedures in Everyday Practice
  9. Booking Events with KCCC
  10. Congratulations
  11. Maynooth Poster Presentation Evening 
  12. Events
  13. KCCC AGM

Word from the CEO

Welcome to the second edition of our 2015 newsletter.  I hope you are enjoying the new layout and I would encourage you to share the newsletter with all staff in your services. 
2015 has been an exciting year for KCCC as we embarked on a number of new local initiatives to promote best practice in the Early Years in Kildare.  Our first Community of Practice evening was hosted by June Anne McKimm, owner of Best Beginnings in Maynooth which has recently been awarded Síolta validation.  Practitioners from the Maynooth Municipal District attended and heard June Anne and her team tell their story about how developing their own attitude to play enabled them to create an environment that truly facilitates children’s play.  The team described how quality interactions, self-reflection and team discussions lead to the enhanced quality of the child’s play experience. The evening included a brief presentation, a tour of the services indoor and outdoors environments, followed by group discussions and sharing practice ideas. June Anne will facilitate visits to the service during sessional time, only for practitioners who attended the evening, to enable them to observe best practice in action.

 

Kildare County Childcare Committee is a member of the Kildare Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (KCYPSC) which launched its new three year plan.  The needs and issues affecting children, young people and families in Co. Kildare were highlighted. The goal of KCYPSC is to improve the quality of life for children, young people & families in our county. Findings from the plan clearly reveal that current service levels in the county are not sufficient to meet the needs of the children, young people and families who live here.
Co. Kildare has experienced exceptional population growth in recent years, far exceeding the national rate, but this has not been matched by a growth in support services. In fact, over the same period, services have been subjected to budget cuts, with a number of valuable supports ceasing altogether due to unavailability of funding. The data indicates that Co. Kildare is inadequately resourced when it comes to funding from national level.
One of the aims of Kildare Children & Young People’s Services Committee is to use the plan as a tool to make the case for additional funding to be allocated to our county. 11 priority areas have been identified in the plan:

 
  • Direct Provision
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
  • Early School Leaving
  • Family Support
  • Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Misuse
  • Unemployment
  • Youth Facilities & Activities
  • Youth Participation
 
In all, over 40 actions have been agreed for the next 3 years. These include the parentingsupport.ie website, the delivery of the Strengthening Families Programme and the roll-out of the “I CAN Book “to support the transition from pre-school to Junior Infants.
 
KCCC are currently in the early stages of planning its work for 2016.  We are very eager to hear from each and every one of you to help us shape the plan.  A feedback survey will be sent to you in the next few weeks and we would strongly encourage you to complete it so we can reflect your needs in the work we do in 2016.
 
As a lot of you begin to wind down for the summer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for our continued committed to working with us to continuously improve the quality of childcare provision in Kildare. Hope you have a great summer and a well deserved break.

 
 

The DCYA has announced a postponement on the upcoming September 2015 qualifications requirement for staff in existing childcare services registered with Tusla until September 2016, subject to certain conditions as outlined below:

the pre-school leader is enrolled and engaged in training to meet the Level 6 qualification.
the pre-school assistants are enrolled and engaged in training to meet the Level 5 qualification or hold a signed grandfathering declaration form.

This postponement does not apply to staff who will be working in new childcare services."The ECCE contract for any new services applying to participate in programme for the first time from September 2015 will stipulate that all childcare staff must meet the minimum qualification requirements, and all pre-school leaders must hold a Level 6 qualification".

Click here for full announcement and more information  


This year Service Providers were not requested to complete a re-entry form as had been the annual process, this year confirmation of your re-entry into the ECCE TEC and CCS for September 2015 will be processed by submitting your Fee Policy Forms.
The Fee Policy Process will be through PIP and providers can access all forms when they log into their PIP page.
Service Providers are requested to submit their 2015/16 FPP, for each childcare programme/contract, through the PIP System.  When submitted and approved the service will be considered to be re-entering into the childcare programme for the final year of their contract.
 
If a FPP is not submitted then it will be considered that the service provider does not intend to run the relevant childcare programme for the 2015/16 Programme Call and as such will not receive any advance payment.
 
Service Providers will be required to begin the process for 2015/16 Fee Payment Policies (FPP) now with the KCCC request providers complete this process by Friday 26th June 2015 .  To ensure all forms have been reviewed in time for the advance payment.
 
Only minor changes have been made to the Fees Payment Policy template to incorporate its upload on PIP e.g. no signatures required on the forms (automatic effective date will apply on the form once the FPP is approved). 
For a FPP to be fully approved, all three items are required to be approved i.e Fees Payment Policy, Parent Letter and Calendar.

You can contact Emily at KCCC at 045-861307 if you have any queries on the Fee Policy process.

 
TEC Programmes Update

As TEC Child Registrations on the PIP system have not been launched to Service Providers at present, KCCC will continue administer, on PIP, any TEC Childcare Applications on your behalf.  Please ensure to accompany any application with valid eligibility documentation, which includes relevant application form, parent's eligibility letter and proof of PPSN for the parent and the child(ren). Without these documents an application cannot be processed. 
Please note: Any applications for TEC Childcare Places made by service providers on the PIP System, prior to its official launch to service providers, will be automatically declined.  
 
ECCE Eligibility Reminder
Children qualify for the free pre-school year where they are aged more than 3 years 2 months and less than 4 years 7 months at 1 September in the relevant pre-school year.

Education Focused Inspection in ECCE Settings.


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, launched a consultation on Education-focused Inspections in early years settings participating in the government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme, the Free Preschool Year on the 26th May 2015. 

The Early Years Education-focused Inspections will be carried out in ECCE pre-schools by Early Years Inspectors in the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate. The inspections will monitor the quality of the educational experiences provided for children.

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What do Childcare Services need to do in relation to Child Protection?
 

Everyone must be alert to the possibility that the children with whom they work or are in contact with may be suffering from abuse or neglect.

As an organisation working with children you have an overall duty and responsibility to safeguard children in your care. There are a number of steps which you can take in order to provide a safe environment for children.

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Using your Services Policies and Procedures in Everyday Practice
 

Providing a childcare service involves the service provider in a whole series of quality related matters in terms of good practice and compliance with legislation.  One of these areas, which will unify and support practice in all other areas, is the development and implementation of Policies and Procedures which provide the best fit for the service provided.

To develop effective and usable policies and procedures, we must first understand the terminology involved and the importance of having policies and procedures to guide our services.

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Booking Events with KCCC

From May 2015, KCCC will be using an on-line service EventBrite for the booking of all events and training. Therefore, in order for you to available of a place on training, workshop or information session provided by KCCC, you will be required to make the booking on-line. The relevant link will be sent via an email invitation. For an event that had a cost you will be required to have access to a PayPal account. If you have any question please do not hesitate to get in touch and we can take you through the process. 
Congratulations 
 

The following Kildare services have all completed the Síolta Quality Assurance Programme and have just been validated by the Early Years Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Science. 

Best Beginnings, Maynooth
Busy Beavers, Castledermot
Tiny Tots, Athy
Tir Na nÓg, Athy

The management and staff in these services have invested significant time and resources in reflecting on their practice and in producing portfolios of evidence to demonstrate the quality of their practice across all 16 standards of Síolta. They have been supported on their learning journey by a Síolta mentor. Well done to these Kildare Services!

 
Maynooth University in close collaboration with Early Childhood Ireland and Kildare County Childcare Committee are hosting a poster presentation evening to show-case how Early Years Educators on the BA in Early Childhood – Teaching and Learning degree brought about change in their practice through action research.  
 
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Kildare County Childcare Committee was held on the 23rd April 2015. The Annual Report 2014 and the Financial Statement 2014 are available on the KCCC website on www.kccc.ie

The Board of Directors of KCCC for 2015/16 are as follows;
Patricia Garland Mooney - Chairperson
Kathleen Cash - Vice Chair representing the Private Childcare Providers
Anthony Egan - representing the Community and Voluntary Forum
Ted Murray - representing Clane Project Centre
Mary Waters - representing Kildare Farmers Association
Eilis Quinlan - Association of Chartered Accountants
Dr. Catriona O'Toole - Lecturer NUIM 
Breda Cullivan - Breda Cullivan and Co. Solicitors 


 
Kildare County Childcare Committee
Unit 14, Clane Shopping Center
Clane, Co. Kildare
Tel. 045 861307
Fax. 045 982411
Web www.kccc.ie
E-Mail info@kildarechildcare.ie

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